There were two highrollers tournament scheduled for this summer at the Bellagio and both of them were serious contenders for the World Series of Poker tournaments. Poker professionals found it very convenient that the event was held just a couple of miles away from Rio casino where the WSOP action was unfolding. Even so, many had to decide whether they will venture $100,000 to play for millions or settle for smaller paychecks but equally small risks.
http://www.poker.org/news/bellagio-100k-summer-high-roller-draws-87-entries-28-million-to-the-winner-28279/confirms the fact that many poker professionals decided to take a leap of faith by attending the Bellagio competition. Several bracelet winners and many of those who ended up participating in the World Series of Poker main event found the time and resources to spend a couple of hours playing in the Bellagio $100k Summer High Roller.
Only 10 players were going to win a prize and with the last two guaranteed to play $172,000, making the final table was clearly not enough. In anticipation for the Big One for One Drop, poker pros used this tournament to warm up for the richest event in Las Vegas and some were concerned that the Bellagio highroller might not end in time. Several professionals were sent to the rail earlier, which rendered all their previous concerns useless, but four of them made the final table.
Dan Smith, Jason Mercier, Tom Marchese and Jason Somerville were all among the leading pack when action resumed, followed closely by Doug Polk who won the other Bellagio $100k Summer High Roller scheduled for July 4. On this particular occasion, Doug had to settle for the fifth place, while the heads up was played between Dan Smith and Jason Mercier.
Arguably the most important moment of the day happened when all the aforementioned four players were still in the race, because this is when an agreement was reached. Instead of playing until the final hand was dealt, these professionals decided to split the money according to their stacks. This would guarantee that Smith got the biggest paycheck, but the other three players were all lavishly rewarded and took home in excess of $1 million.
By winning the tournament, Smith became the only player to win an amount exceeding $2 million and he also adds his name on the prestigious list of Bellagio $100k Summer High Roller winners. Check out the list below, featuring all 10 players who made the final table and their corresponding payouts:
- Dan Smith – $2,044,766 (d)
- Jason Mercier – $1,622,181 (d)
- Tom Marchese – $1,465, 451 (d)
- Jason Somerville – $1,347,352 (d)
- Doug Polk – $602,910
- Matt Hyman – $430,650
- Adam Bilzerian – $344,520
- Gabe Kaplan – $258,390
- Chris Klodnicki – $172,260
- Pratyush Buddiga – $172,260